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Beginning of the end for the PIAA?
Joined: Feb 2018
Has anybody been following the recent developments in the boundary vs. non-boundary school debate going on in the state? Interested to hear how this would impact XC and TF. Overall, they seem to have less competitive balance issues than sports like basketball or football but there are certainly non-boundary schools competing in A or AA who are fairly dominant in both XC/TF. https://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2018/07/school_leaders_to_seek_new_pia.html https://www.centredaily.com/news/local/article215363910.html
Joined: Apr 2009
If Track gets separated, both classes would have to have separate, but equal championships...could you imagine the pressure of finding enough officials for have 24 District Track Championship Meets all in the same weekend. You would have all 12 districts having a public school district championship meet and a private school district championship meet. Maybe a few districts would need not need a private school championship, and maybe they could be run at the same site...but still it would be a major undertaking. It would push states to 3 full days at least...unless each division went to a smaller field.
Joined: Apr 2004
A simple solution is give every school a boundary. In the city of Erie, you can go to Collegiate Academy regardless of where you live, but if you want to compete in sports, you can only compete for Erie High School (Collegiate has no sports teams) if you live in the city of Erie. If you live outside the city of Erie, you compete for whatever public school boundary you live in. Cathedral Prep has been a powerhouse in football for years, and they only get more "recruits" the more championships they win. After getting hit hard by graduation, they all the sudden got a lot of "transfers" that all the sudden want to compete for Prep, even though they don't even live in the city of Erie. I know the new transfer rules will stop a lot of that, but every year it is as if there is an expansion draft. Anyone who the public schools don't protect end up going to the private schools. When they get the athletes they want, the public schools don't have a chance. I don't actually want separate championships. Villa Maria is usually a powerhouse for all sports, but for whatever reason, they have by far the worst softball program in the district. When they don't recruit for a sport, they are a "AA" school. Mercyhurst Prep has also struggled at times to field teams.
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